NMPA Approves Toripalimab in Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma after Failure of at Least Two Lines of Prior Systemic Therapy

— 1st approval of any checkpoint inhibitor in nasopharyngeal carcinoma in the world

— 2nd indication approved for Toripalimab in China

SHANGHAI, China, Feb. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the …

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Cop, 3 civilians, hurt in NPA bomb attack

A policeman and three civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels exploded along the national highway in Barangay Putiao, Pilar town in Sorsogon province on Monday.

Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office (PRO-5) spokesperson, …

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UN official assures support for BARMM

A ranking official of the United Nations (UN) has assured Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officials that the world body is determined to help the region succeed, a regional government executive said Monday.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, the BARMM spokesperson, said the assurance was …

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Stocks, peso slip on profit-taking

Profit-taking reigned in the local equities market on Monday after it affected the foreign exchange market partly on increased yield of 10-year US Treasury bonds.

After a recovery last Friday, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 1.68 percent, or 116.07 points, to 6,810.34 points.…

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Selling of giant clams prohibited: BFAR-7

The Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) on Monday warned that collecting and selling giant clams (Tridacna gigas) locally known as "taklobo” are prohibited.

The agency issued the warning after tons of giant clams worth PHP255 million were confiscated by the …

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IATF approves PSL, MPBL bubbles: GAB chief

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the resumption of non-professional sports leagues amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, paving the way for the Philippine Superliga (PSL) and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) to push through …

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Zamboanga City holds centennial treasures exhibit

The city government is holding a one-week exhibit dubbed "Centennial Treasures of Zamboanga City" that showcases local cultural properties.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Monday the exhibit aims to promote the city’s cultural heritage, protection, preservation, and conservation and ensure that the historical past coexists …

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Labor group seeks P100 wage hike

A labor group on Monday filed a PHP100 emergency wage relief across-the-board increase petition with the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) office in Manila.

In their petition, Defend Jobs Philippines said it is time for another salary adjustment for workers since the last increase …

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PH T-bill rates up

The rates of the Philippines treasury bills (T-bills) rose across-the-board Monday following the trend of US Treasuries.

The average rate of the 91-day paper increased to 0.875 percent, the 182-day to 1.067 percent, and the 364-day to 1.527 percent.

These were at 0.845 percent, 1.046 …

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Duterte prefers China’s Sinopharm vaccine: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to get inoculated with a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine developed by China’s state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, Malacañang said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted another China-based drugmaker, Sinovac, an …

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Cabinet meeting to tackle PH-wide MGCQ

The proposal of the government’s pandemic response managers to place the entire Philippines under the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status will be tackled in the Cabinet meeting set Monday night.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide …

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Mayor asks Dagupeños to get vaccinated

Mayor Marc Brian Lim is urging the residents here to get inoculated once the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine becomes available.

“The national and local governments are working to hasten the arrival of vaccines. Given that the vaccine may arrive anytime soon, it is very …

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PH Covid-19 recoveries reach 522,874

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday logged 33 more patients who recovered from Covid-19, pushing the country's total recoveries to 522,874.

In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH said the recoveries represent 92.8 percent of those who tested positive for the virus nationwide.…

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